The Pickens Plan

Link: www.pickensplan.com
T. Boone Pickens ist 82 Jahre – und kein bisschen leise. Im Ölgeschäft hat er in den 70ern Milliarden gemacht, doch vor einigen Jahren entwarf er einen Plan.
In landesweiten Werbespots wirbt er für seinen Plan, vom Süden der USA bis zur kanadischen Grenze im Norden einen Korridor von Windrädern zu errichten. Dafür stellte Pickens zwei Milliarden US-Dollar aus seinem eigenen Vermögen zu Verfügung.
Seine Seite stellt ein neues grünes Energiekonzept für die USA vor, über seine Homepage www.pickensplan motiviert er regelmäßig Millionen Amerikaner für eine neue Energiepolitik.

Auszüge aus seinem „Plan“:

  • Create millions of new jobs by building out the capacity to generate up to 22 percent of our electricity from wind. And adding to that with additional solar generation capacity;
  • Building a 21st century backbone electrical transmission grid;
  • Providing incentives for homeowners and the owners of commercial buildings to upgrade their insulation and other energy saving options; and
  • Using America's natural gas to replace imported oil as a transportation fuel in addition to its other uses in power generation, chemicals, etc.

Any discussion of alternatives should begin with the 2007 Department of Energy study showing that building out our wind capacity in the Great Plains - from northern Texas to the Canadian border - would produce 138,000 new jobs in the first year, and more than 3.4 million new jobs over a ten-year period, while also producing as much as 20 percent of our needed electricity.

Building out solar energy in the Southwest from western Texas to California would add to the boom of new jobs and provide more of our growing electrical needs - doing so through economically viable, clean, renewable sources.

To move that electricity from where it is being produced to where it is needed will require an upgrade to our national electric grid. A 21st century transmission grid which will, as technology continues to develop, deliver power where it is needed, when it is needed, in the direction that it is needed, will be the modern equivalent of building the Interstate Highway System in the 1950's.